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  • Outsystem

  • The Intrepid Saga, Book 1
  • By: M. D. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Outsystem

By: M. D. Cooper
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
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Summary

Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System.

Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counterinsurgency officers in the Terran Space Force. They need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards.

It'll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military.

With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem.

©2010 M. D. Cooper (P)2017 Tantor

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TL;DR Its too easy, wheres the threat?

What would have made Outsystem better?

Some actual threat or danger. I got fed up of hearing how good the main character is, because yeehawh shes the best darn tooting gal in the space army. I don't even remember her name its so boring. Its too much like recent action films where you already know that shes won before anything starts. Oh look shes saved the day again...wooo The "hook" for the story is none existent. Why do I care about a colony ship? Why would I care about a stuck up army brat? Who are these people? WHY THE F**K DO I CARE?! PLEASE GIVE ME A REASON!

Has Outsystem put you off other books in this genre?

Sci-fi Military drama yes.Sci fi no.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene in the sample clip, actually a threat and how she got round it was interesting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom and frustration.

Any additional comments?

Tech level, yeah I get its supposed to be far into the future but surely there has to be limitations or negatives to all this. "Oh I need a cover? Magic liquid metal over my face thats just removed all my skin on my face. That works perfectly and OH LOOK SHES DONE IT AGAIN WITH NO ISSUES" or "Oh I got injured crawling through a vent. Regrow it" Instead its just space magic. No negatives, no threat, no nothing. Just boring hoo-ra.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-18

I.... don't get the hype

I guess I'm the odd one out on this because I was not impressed with this book at all. I like the premise, I like the setting, I hate the way the main character is written. Her decision making (especially at the climax, where the only reason she puts herself in grave peril is because the book needs to wrap up soon) does not line up with what we are told about her as a capable, intelligent woman, and the romance is so forced and lacking in chemistry I thought it was part of an elaborate plot against her that would turn into a trap by the end (apparently nope).

For the same main character-type with consistent characterization and similar world-building, I happened to pick up Duchy of Terra after trying this, and found it a much more satisfying experience.

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  • Lcashless 1.
  • 01-03-17

What more can you ask for in a sci-fi space opera.

First of all let me say I had originally read all these books on Kindle, now I'm going back to read them on Audible. As far as the Audible version is concerned, I enjoyed the narrators range of voices for the characters, she brings them to life including changes in Pitch and accompanied with accents for the characters. What more could you ask for in a sci-fi space opera, spaceships, space Marines, Nanotech, A eyes, world building, great character development and a fabulous new heroin. If you enjoyed the strong female heroin types that Mike Shepherd,Joel Shepherd and Michael Anderle have brought us you would love this book. I highly recommend this book I've been reading Audiobooks as for work and play for over 40 years you won't go wrong.

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  • Tom
  • 14-03-17

Very fast paced book. Lots of action.

A must read or listen! Tactically awesome, lots of over technical jargon but easy yo follow.

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  • sfcpeattie
  • 13-03-17

Annoying, very Annoying

What disappointed you about Outsystem?

why do sci-fi book's insist on calling women in leadership positions Sir, why not Captain or Major. What only Sir's can be in leadership position, how annoying. Also the story is a humdrum confusing blah blah blah

What could M. D. Cooper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

is M.D. Cooper a woman or a man, if shes a woman, give women the respect of calling them Ma'am, the constant use of Acronyms is frustrating. For those that are not used to Acronyms, you should write them down for a better grasp on the unorganized Blah

Would you be willing to try another one of Khristine Hvam’s performances?

slow down, change you voice for different characters

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

it was very similar to a series I read all the time, but I would not read another book by this author.

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  • Terry Mixon
  • 12-03-17

A fabulous book well perfomed

This was an awesome story performed exceptionally well. Can't wait for the next one! Get it now.

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  • D. E. B.
  • 28-10-17

Laws of physics still apply, even in the future

Doesn't matter how many years in the future, the physics of the universe will still apply and 30 mile long spaceships won't hold together, nor will space stations that are rings around planets.

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 20-09-17

Bravo Zulu!

What a kick ass story. The Major is one scary lady. She would be just as scary using today's tech, and I would not want to on her bad side. If you do pick up this stellar book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Next in series coming up!

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  • Michelle @ In Libris Veritas
  • 11-09-17

Excited to Try Book Two

If you enjoy space operas and kick ass females then Outsystem is the book to grab!

Outsystem is a quickly paced thrilling ride that follows Major Tanis Richards as she takes over the military security of the Intrepid, a ship bound to lead the Sol system for a new colony. This is a future were very things are not possible. We have people who are practically immortal thanks to surgeries and cybernetics, and cosmetic surgery so drastic that some no longer even look human. It’s a future where the only limits are those set by your own morals, and it’s kind of cool. Some of the tech is really out there and I really love that it’s advanced to the point of allowing absolute biological freedom. I also love seeing AI being used, not just as ‘servants’ but as fully “independent” AI that works more as partners.

Tanis Richards is all kinds of a badass. When the book starts out she already has a history within this universe and a reputation for being someone who can get things done even if the means sometimes outshine the ends. Admittedly she is a bit stiff and lacking in personal connections, but I forgave it because it’s a legitimate decision that she has made and we do see that change over the course of the story though slowly. The only times we see her really let loose are in combat situations, and she is fairly sarcastic which is always a plus. Angela is Tanis’ AI, and she’s like a sassy and more opinionated version of Jiminy Cricket. I really like the pair these two make, and it almost makes me wish I had an AI to make rude quips when I do something stupid.

This turned out to be an excellent story for audio, and the narrator Khristine Hvam was fantastic. She really captured Tanis and Angela’s personalities perfectly.

I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of this series in the future and other books that M.D. Cooper has written!

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  • Cliff
  • 27-03-17

Cliché

If you've happened to have forgotten every Sci-fi cliché ever created you can find them here.

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  • Jerry Harwood
  • 08-01-22

Action at every turn

A cocky protagonist saves the space colony from a nuclear explosion. What follows is a mystery / conspiracy laden sleuth in space with cyborg body parts, tech and AI. There is some character development but the real reason to get on this rollercoaster is for the non-stop thrills. The author writes excellent action scenes that put you in the moment. Worth the audible credit.